Terrestrial Observing Panel for Climate (TOPC)
is a group of scientists with expertise in climate change
issues. The TOPC supports the work of the Global Terrestrial
Observing System (GTOS) and the Global Climate Observing System
which jointly carry out activities aimed at improving the
understanding of climate change processes in terrestrial systems
and potential impacts on mankind. The sixth session meeting
of the TOPC panel will be held from 25-27 June 2002 at the
Joint Resource Centre in Ispra, Italy.
GCOS is preparing the 2nd report on the Adequacy of the Global
Climate Observing Systems for the Conference of the Parties
to the UNFCCC.
Adequacy Report is an important opportunity for our community
to place its concerns, priorities and solutions for terrestrial
observations before the Parties to the UNFCCC and to seek
support for the long-term observations that are needed. Whilst
not adopting the full Intergovernmental process of the IPCC
Assessments, the report will adhere to the overall philosophy
and will be prepared in close consultation with the IPCC and
the wider science community.
GCOS and the JRC have invited the international community
of TOPC members to attend the meeting. See
is a small town on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Northern Italy.
The Milan Malpensa airport is a 30-minute drive away.
Global Terrestrial Observing System and the Global Climate
Observing System secretariats, as well as the Joint Resource
Centre, will sponsor the workshop.
Hotels in Ispra
Lago Maggiore - Ispra
tel +39 0332 782523
fax +39 0332 780908
Lago Maggiore - Ispra
tel +39 0332 987891
fax +39 0332 784679
Registration information required of participants
order to ensure a prompt pick up from your arrival point and
an entry permit into the JRC please send the following (addresses
Place and date of birth
Passport number, including place and date of issue
complete the following "Payment
Instruction Form" and send it to GTOS. This completed
form is required before the meeting in order for GTOS to reimburse
you for your expenses. In addition, please send your complete
JRC logistical coordinators
FAO :: Global Terrestrial Observing
System - GTOS :: 21 May 2002